I've been offered a free used camera. I have a choice of two: (1) a Panasonic Lumix LX7, or (2) a Panasonic Lumix ZS25 (sticker on front: 16x Optical Zoom, 32x Intelligent Zoom, Leica lens). I know nothing about cameras or photography, and I would like a camera that is easy to use. What are the main differences between these two cameras? What is each better for? Which one of these cameras should I chose, and what considerations should I be weighing? I have the two cameras here, so I can clarify anything in a follow-up. Thanks!
I'm looking for a specific security/"nanny" camera and so far the list of must-have features is causing me to fail at google and amazon-fu. Specific features needed listed inside. [more inside]
My significant other likes taking pictures of her creations in the kitchen, and she'd like to branch out into video.I have a DSLR, but am unsure how to approach the lighting setup. [more inside]
Need new phone as mine is shot. Android is a must. Under $300 total preferably cheaper. Android CDMA network. But most importantly, it needs to have a great camera--not one that you have to manually configure to get good shots-- I just want a point and click. I'm too old and dumb to adjust this and that forever. [more inside]
Lately, I've been feeling nostalgic for my high school photography class. I don't have the money for film or instant camera stuff. I have a Moto X that takes okay enough digital photos for where I'd want a basic point and shoot, but I'd like something with an actual camera body and some degree of tweakable settings. Any ideas? [more inside]
I want to get a new point and click camera sometime this week that automatically uploads photos without having to plug the damn thing into a computer. Please give me suggestions! Hopefully this kind of thing exists with my details within! [more inside]
So this might be testing the boundaries of what AskMe is for, but I'm aware there are some hugely techie people here...but this is quite specific! We have a Hikvision NVR which is brilliant, and which we have linked up to a HDMI monitor and then over the network an RTSP substream from the NVR feeds an instance of VLC in another location. Now we want to add another substream location with the least cost and equipment possible... [more inside]
Help me decide on the camera gear I'm going to take on safari. [more inside]
My partner is a novice photographer, and I'd like to buy her a new lens for her camera (Olympus PEN E-PL6 micro four thirds). Can you help me pick the right lens? [more inside]
I am trying to find a digital camera with an available ISO below 80. All the rage is high ISO ratings for low light photography. I want a low ISO so I can use slower shutter settings in brighter light. Any ideas?
So I was thinking about doing one of those take-one-picture-a-day time lapse videos, but I wanted to also make it a stop motion video too. I'm kind of hoping that there's an Android app that would help me do this. So I'm going to describe what I think the perfect features would be for such a project, and hopefully someone will tell me if there's anything even remotely close to this. [more inside]
Hi, I am in charge of procuring a camera for a team who will be traveling to isolated/rural/developing parts of the world for development work. Think Peace Corps but short term (2 weeks at a time). The team will have sporadic access to electricity, and I'm assuming zero access to wifi. [more inside]
I'm interested in getting a home security camera. Please advise. [more inside]
What's the current available technology for relatively-low-cost high-tech wildlife watching? [more inside]
I'd like some guidance on how to handle this red light traffic cam ticket in Los Angeles. My court date is today. [more inside]
My Canon PowerShot D20 worked fine when I put it away, and now it doesn't boot. Help? [more inside]
I have a Nikon Coolpix P-510. It has never worked right and I am trying to decide if I need to send it in for repairs or if there is still something I can do to figure it out. [more inside]
My mum wants to borrow my compact for using when we go on holiday. Sadly, the screen is broken and, as it's nine years old, I'm not sure whether a repair is viable. Can you suggest an easy to use digital camera (ie. for a complete tech novice) which I could pick up new or used cheaply to give to her? [more inside]
Best entry level camera for an amateur photographer? [more inside]
My birthday gift from my wife this year is a new DSLR! Hell yeah! But I have to pick it out. Oh no! Please help me figure out which of the entry-level Nikon DSLRs is for me. [more inside]
Had a blocked sewer this morning. Plumbers unblocked it, charged $900 for the unblocking and CCTV investigation. The camera showed a large hole at one section of the (clay) pipe, and tree roots at another point. The plumber says the whole pipe should be replaced, and that it can't be relined. This would involve disconnecting the bathroom plumbing, jackhammering up 2x4m of concrete, moving the hot water cylinder which is currently in the way, putting in new PVC pipes that bypass the old broken one, and repouring concrete, installing inspection hatches this time. Removal of waste included. The quote is $14,250 plus GST. Is this anywhere near what I should expect? [more inside]
I just purchased a new Sony DSC-RX100IV, I love it, I am finding it fairly complicated to figure out but it's gradually revealing its treasures. The feature I want however, and this seems so simple, is to be able to leave the camera on a shelf and have it snap a pic every x amount of time. Is this not a thing?
Please recommend a trail / security camera setup to help capture various critters in our back yard, and which can double as a security camera. Details / requirements inside. [more inside]
I do small-scale metalsmithing - sterling silver jewellery, specifically. I work VERY small (a delicate ring is about as big as I go). I'd like to make close-up films of my work and process. [more inside]
My four year old son is showing a lot of interest in our cameras, and I'd like to get him one of his own. I'm looking for recommendations from parents whose kid(s) have had and used one for a while and had a good experience with it. [more inside]
I'm in need of an upgrade on my video tools, but I don't even know if I should be looking at a camcorder or a cheap DSLR. Details below the fold. [more inside]
Once upon a time I was something of a photographic purist, lugging around a couple of pounds, not to mention, several thousands of dollars worth, of camera body/lens wherever I went. Now, with three young kids in tow, however, the need for convenience has trumped image quality, so, I now shoot most everything with my Moto-X phone. That said, I really miss the image quality so was wondering if there's a high quality, compact camera out there that can bridge the gap between a $3K SLR & iPhone yet still be pocketable?
My wife's old phone (LG CF360) crapped out. Our old digital camera is too slow to properly photograph the kids. I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone by getting her an iPhone 6... but it's not a good fit for her. She appreciates its wonderful camera, but she wants something simpler, so we're going to return her iPhone and get her a... what, exactly? What is the best camera that can also make calls, send texts, and set alarms? [more inside]
My Pentax K10D has finally become all but unusable, and a friend is giving me her Nikon D90 (body only). I have several lenses for my Pentax, and I'm looking for a good adapter. [more inside]
Small office seeks a four camera + DVR setup for security. Not hidden cameras. Best options, best values? Things to watch out for?
I just bought a digital camera at a second hand store and found about 20 of what look like prom pictures. Is there a lost and found photo site where I can post them since I have no way of knowing who these people are or how to find them, but don't want to delete their pics?
I want to buy one of these refurbished from cannon today or tomorrow. The price difference is negligible to me. If you have any other alternative suggestions, feel free to make them. Is there something better in that range, (less than 150 USD)? [more inside]
Looking for a digital camera recommendation. Something small and compact to take biking and hiking that is able to take action shots. [more inside]
I want to sell my Nikon D50 on eBay. It works but has developed what I would guess is a processor problem. I would like to swap to a Canon anyway next year so don't want to repair it myself. Should I sell it as a piece or split the body and lense? [more inside]
The title says it all. This seems to be incredibly difficult to come by these days! [more inside]
I used to upload photos from my camera straight to my hard drive, and they would transfer in the original file size, eg 720x960. Occasionally when I have gone back to copy one, it shows up only as a thumbnail (75x75), and I can't find the larger format (ie doesn't seem to function as a shortcut to larger file). Some end up as thumbnails, others from same batch do not - problem seems to be random. Why is this happening, and is there any way to resize the thumbnail?
What's the best camera I can buy for around £400? [more inside]
I've started shooting photos with film. What are the differences between the kinds of film? [more inside]
My wife and I both are using MotoX (2014) phones that are only a couple of months old, and we both keep finding strange artifacts in our photos. For an example, see this picture: Image with artifacts. (look at the faces) [more inside]
I'm in the market for my first nice camera, as my iPhone is no longer cutting it. I am thinking to purchase a mirrorless, but the possibilities seem endless! Please guide my decision. [more inside]
My camera, which is a Kodak EasyShare C183 and which I've had since Christmas 2011, is malfunctioning. Whenever I turn it on, it turns itself off within a few seconds. It's indicating that it's a battery issue, but it isn't actually a battery issue because I put new ones in when it first started happening and it didn't help. Is there anything I can do to fix it? Alternatively, is there any way I can have it repaired for less than what it would cost to buy a new camera?
I'm looking to get some 35mm film developed without paying $11 plus shipping for each roll. Is this possible in 2015?! [more inside]
Hi, I want to buy my first DSLR because apparently they take better quality pictures. But I would like one that meets the following conditions [more inside]
Mrs. Lattiboy just purchased a 2015 Kia Soul. It's the "base" model with a manual transmission and basically no bells and whistles. She is coming from a fully loaded 2013 Prius with every possible electronic option, including navigation and backup cameras. I want to put in an aftermarket system with a decent radio, bluetooth, tablet interface, and backup cameras. She has an Android phone, if that matters. [more inside]
I am semi-tech phobic, so am looking for an *extremely* simple digital camera for still photos. Like, think Fisher Price. On, off, focus, zoom, automatic option, click. Simplicity and an intuitive design are the most important qualities. No long instruction booklet. No tiny window or up and down arrows or similar interface that I have to navigate. More desired features after the jump. [more inside]
Please help me find my husband's dad's 1970s era camera strap online. [more inside]
My mother and I live in the same house. She is on the main floor and me and my family are on the top two floors. When the doorbell rings we want to know who is there so that the right person can answer the door. How do we make this happen?
Best <$200 digital camera for a total novice? [more inside]
I need to set up an audio and video stream with a password. What's the Hive's opinion on the best option? [more inside]